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Living and Working in Reading

Reading – a great place to live and work.

Reading, the county town of Berkshire, is at the heart of the fastest growing area in the South of England. Reading is located in the Thames Valley with the River Kennet running through its centre, surrounded by beautiful countryside and many attractive villages and smaller towns. Reading is a diverse and vibrant place to live with fantastic cultural and leisure facilities as well as being just 25 minutes train journey away from London.

Shopping

Reading is a leading shopping destination with the Oracle Shopping and Leisure centre, Broad Street Mall, a pedestrianised Town Centre and a four-day street market.  There are also neighbourhood shopping centres and edge of town superstores.


Leisure & Culture

There are plenty of places to eat out, two multi-screen cinemas, bars, live music venues, theatres and comedy nights across the town. The riverside area of the Oracle shopping centre is a great destination in the evening, with a varied mix of restaurants and bars overlooking the water. The Reading Festival is an annual music event which is known around the world and attracts international music acts. Venues from the Hexagon Theatre to the South Street Arts Centre offer arts and drama programmes. The Reading Museum, in the Town Hall, has galleries dedicated to Reading Abbey, a local history gallery, and the Museum’s Silchester Collection, together with a full-scale facsimile display of the Bayeaux Tapestry.


Sport & Activities

The Madejski Stadium is a great sporting venue with Reading FC and London Irish Rugby Club playing home games at the stadium. Reading is a recognised national leader in the provision of play facilities for children. Our facilities include four leisure centres, each with their own pool, 350 hectares of park with excellent children’s playgrounds, athletics and cycling tracks and water sports on the Thames and local lakes.


Transport Links

Reading is well connected if you are looking to commute into Reading or explore the surrounding areas.


Trains

Reading main line railway station, which has recently been expanded, is centrally located and serviced by several major and regional railway services.


Buses

Reading Buses provide one of the best bus services in the country with an all-town network of frequent services and reasonable fares, on modern buses. There is also a fast, non-stop bus and coach service to and from London and two park and ride locations.


By car

By car, the M4 motorway is on the edge of town and connects London and South Wales. There are direct routes to Oxford and Birmingham. Both Heathrow and Gatwick airports have speedy links by coach and rail respectively.


Reading Schools – Working Together

Schools in Reading work together as part of well-established networks and partnerships, allowing involvement in a wide range of exciting projects, while supporting continued improvement. Individual teachers can benefit their professional development through involvement.

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Our Schools

Within Reading there are a variety of schools which are located in urban and suburban areas. Types of schools include:

COMMUNITY SCHOOLS

Community schools are maintained by Reading Borough Council although they have delegated authority.  This means that if you work for a community school your contract of employment is with the Council.

VOLUNTARY AIDED SCHOOLS

Voluntary-aided schools are maintained schools and tend to have a religious character.  The governing body is the employer and therefore teachers working in these schools are employed by the school. We have both Church of England and Roman Catholic faith schools in Reading.

ACADEMY SCHOOLS

Academy schools are state funded but not maintained by Reading Borough Council. They are run by an academy trust which employs the staff. Some academies have sponsors such as businesses, universities, other schools, faith groups or voluntary groups.

FOUNDATION SCHOOLS

Foundation schools are maintained schools but the governing body has greater freedom in the running of the school.  If you work for a foundation school, the employer is the governing body.

FREE SCHOOLS

Free schools are funded by the government, are run on a not-for-profit basis and can be set up by groups such as charities, community faith groups, teachers, parents or businesses.  The employer in these schools is the governing body.

SPECIAL SCHOOLS

Reading also has Special Schools which are specifically for children with a Statement of Special Educational Needs. These are either maintained by the Council or run by an Academy trust.

PUPIL REFERRAL UNIT

Reading Borough Council maintains a Pupil Referral Unit which provides education for young people aged between 5 and 19.  It also provides Behaviour Support Services for primary and secondary students which remain in their mainstream schools.

Newly Qualified Teachers (NQTs)

Over 100 NQTs join Reading each year. Reading Borough Council values newly qualified teachers for their enthusiasm, talent, passion and energy and offers them excellent career opportunities. We will encourage you to make the best use of your talents, develop your skills and support you, as you first enter the profession.

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Becoming a Teacher

There are a number of routes to enter the profession whether you’re still at school, about to graduate, or looking for a change of direction.

The Department for Education has a range of information about how to get into teaching: www.education.gov.uk/get-into-teaching


Undergraduate

The undergraduate route combines your chosen Bachelor of Education (BEd), Bachelor of Arts or Science degree with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). Most courses prepare you for primary teaching, but there are also some undergraduate secondary programmes.

For more information contact your local university or visit www.ucas.com.


Postgraduate

If you have a degree in any subject, you can obtain QTS through completing a postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) at university or college.

For more information please visit: www.education.gov.uk/get-into-teaching/teacher-training-options/university-based-training


Schools based

Reading Borough Council is involved in School Direct, a teacher training route to gain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) whilst based within a school. Two schools lead on the School Direct Programme – Geoffrey Field Junior School and Christ the King Primary School.

For further information about the scheme please visit: www.education.gov.uk/get-into-teaching/teacher-training-options/school-based-training

Geoffrey Field Junior will be hosting a ‘Train to Teach Evening’ on 9 March 2016, from 4.30pm – 7.30pm. Please click here to find out more.


Overseas Teachers

We welcome overseas trained teachers (OTTs) in Reading. To work as a qualified teacher in England you must have qualified teacher status (QTS) and you will be required to undertake a skills test before being accepted on to the programme. However if you have qualified overseas, you can work as an unqualified teacher for a maximum of four years but you will need to gain QTS before the end of the fourth year to continue teaching in England.

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Teachers trained in the UK/EEA/USA/Canada/Australia/New Zealand

If you qualified as a teacher in Scotland, Northern Ireland, Switzerland, USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand or one of the other countries in the European Economic Area (EEA), you may be eligible for QTS without any further assessment.

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Right to work in the UK

Teachers from overseas will also be required to satisfy UK Visa and Immigration requirements.

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Housing in Reading

If you’re looking to move to Reading, there are a diverse range of properties available.

Within the centre of Reading the majority of properties are apartments and terrace houses whereas on the outskirts of town you will find semi-detached and detached homes. There are new executive developments within the surrounding area and character family homes and cottages in nearby rural villages.

There is also a strong rental market if you are looking to rent in the area.

You may be able to get financial help through a government home ownership scheme and further information can be found below:

https://www.gov.uk/affordable-home-ownership-schemes/overview


Staff benefits

– what’s on offer to Teachers working in Reading Borough Council?

There is an impressive range of benefits available to you as a local government employee* and as part of your national and local terms and conditions of employment, negotiated with the recognised trades unions. For example:

  • Supportive learning and workforce development opportunities
  • Attractive schemes to support growing families – maternity, paternity, adoption, and shared parental leave
  • Thinking ahead – real rewards for long service
  • Thinking even further ahead! – A defined benefits pension scheme based on salary and service to help you prepare for retirement (www.teacherspensions.co.uk, 0845 6066166)
  • Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) – positive help at work and at home for you and your family. (www.ppconline.info, 0800 282193).

There are also a number of benefits (which are not part of your ‘Ts&Cs’) that you can access merely by being an employee of Reading Borough Council* (access to external benefits does not imply any endorsement by the Council). For example:

  • Staff Club – a social club for RBC employees that provides trips, discounts, etc. (Contact Vanessa Hurdle, x 74803 (0118 937 0900)
  • Corporate membership of the fitness centres at Reading Sport & Leisure facilities – special rates for staff
  • Bus to Work (salary sacrifice) Scheme – approx. 40% discount on bus fares
  • Discounted town centre car parking (Monday – Friday)
  • Interest free season ticket loan for public transport or car park season – minimum £250, minimum 6 months and maximum 12 months. (For car parking contact Parking Services on x 72737 (0118 937 2737))
  • Interest free bicycle/scooter loan maximum £1,000, repayable over a period up to 12 months.
  • Cyclescheme: Hire a bicycle and safety equipment (maximum £1,000) tax-free and make payments over 12 months.
  • Hexagon Discounts:
    – 30% (daytime only) discount for RBC employees in the Café at the Hexagon. This includes most food items, soft drinks and all hot drinks (but does not include wrapped confectionery items including chocolate bars and crisps; smoothies, mineral water and other bar items and ice creams).
    – 10% discount on selected shows throughout the year (details can be obtained from the Box Office). Tickets have to be booked in advance and there may be seat limitations.
  • Your Reading Passport discounts/special prices on:
    – After school clubs/holiday clubs; Sports Courses
    – Selected shows at Reading Arts and Venues
    – Gardening courses & workshops; allotment rental
    – Reading Libraries
    – Local services and entertainment
    – Special events & festivals
    – New Directions courses (For course info. contact 0845 842 0012, or go to www.newdirectionsreading.co.uk)

For Your Reading Passport contact x72386 (0118 937 2386)

  • A range of staff benefits from external providers e.g.:
    – Lifestylevalues.co.uk
    – Kaarp.com (days out, retailers etc)
    – Fluent IFA
    – Vectis staff benefit scheme
    These include money off holidays, discounts and vouchers for days out for you and your family, special discount vouchers, independent financial advice including savings / investment plans and lots more.
  • Reading Stop Smoking Service
    (Contact Smokefree National Helpline 0300 123 1044)

*Teachers in Community schools are employees of Reading Borough Council and have access to the benefits listed above. Teachers in voluntary aided schools, academies and free schools will need to check with their school which benefits the school can provide.

Contact Us

If you have any questions about Teach in Reading, please feel free to contact the Human Resources Team at Reading Borough Council.

  • Recruitment@reading.gov.uk
  • 0118 9372208
  • Reading Borough Council
    Civic Offices, Bridge Street, Reading Berkshire RG1 2LU